Study Guide

As I Lay Dying Characters

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Darl Bundren

Darl is Addie’s second child and narrates sections 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 32,...

Jewel Bundren

Jewel is Addie’s third child and narrates Section 4. His biological father is the Reverend...

Anse Bundren

Anse is Addie’s husband and father to Cash, Darl, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman. He narrates...

Cash Bundren

Cash is Addie’s oldest child and narrates sections 18, 22, 38, 53, and 59.Cash is the...

Dewey Dell Bundren

Dewey Dell is Addie’s fourth child and only daughter. She narrates sections 7, 14, 30, and...

Addie Bundren

Addie is Anse’s wife and mother to Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman (in that...

Vardaman Bundren

Vardaman is Addie’s youngest son and narrates sections 13, 15, 19, 24, 35, 44, 47, 49, 51,...

The Minister Whitfield

The local minister. He has an affair with Addie and fathers Jewel.

Vernon Tull

The Bundrens’ neighbor. He narrates sections 8, 16, 20, 31, 33, and 36.

Cora Tull

Vernon’s wife and the Bundrens’ neighbor. She narrates sections 2, 6, and 39.


The doctor. He narrates sections 11 and 54.

Kate Tull

Vernon and Cora’s daughter.

Eula Tull

Vernon and Cora’s other daughter.


Lafe is a farm worker, and also the father of Dewey Dell’s baby.


Samson is one of the farmers who lets the Bundrens stay with him one night on their journey to...


Samson’s wife.


Armstid is the second farmer to let the Bundrens crash during their journey.


Gillespie is the unfortunate farmer whose barn Darl burns down.

The Gillespie boy

Gillespie’s son (surprise!).


Moseley the anti-abortion pharmacy guy.


MacGowan is the sleazy pharmacy boy who coerces Dewey Dell into having sex with him.

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